People bank

What is the People Bank?

It's a group of over 200 people who have personal experience of palliative or end of life care and want to help improve care for other people.

Who can join?

People who:

  • Have a life-limiting condition or are nearing the end of life
  • Care or support someone with a life-limiting condition or who is nearing the end of life, or have done in the past

What do members do?

A huge range of activities, for example:

  • Helping plan and deliver training for professionals
  • Contacting their MP about improving end of life care
  • Sharing their story on local or national media
  • Being part of a short project, focusing on a particular aspect of care
  • Helping with practical things like packing and sending Dying Matters materials.

How much time does it involve?

As much or as little as you like. It could be as simple as sending us a one line email or you could choose to be part of a project group.

Do I have to attend meetings?

This depends on what you get involved in but in general, no, You can be involved by phone, email, post or face to face - whatever works for you.

Can I meet others who are involved?

Yes - we have an annual meeting called the Big Conversation which takes place in December. We invite all members of the people bank. It is usually held in London and we pay travel expenses.

What can I get involved in at the moment?

Click here to find out about projects and activities that you can get involved in at the moment.

What difference does it make?

The people bank is a national voice for people with personal experience of palliative and end of life care. We have a genuine influence in both national policy and good practice. For example:

Our ‘Can you see me?’ DVD is now being used in training of domiciliary care providers.

‘Difficult Conversations’ which is based entirely on conversations with people affected by COPD, is being used to train specialist respiratory nurses..

Our response influenced the NHS Constitution and ensured that end of life care was included.

How do I find out more or join?

Contact Louise Palmer, Community Involvement Manager, NCPC l.palmer@ncpc.org.uk 020 7697 1520020 7697 1520

Click here to read our frequently asked questions about NCPC and Dying Matters

If people bank isn’t for me, what can I do instead?

Many organisations provide opportunities to get involved. Contact Louise Palmer for further information, or click here for information about organisations that support people with particular conditions. There are also local groups and organisations that influence palliative and end of life care, such as Healthwatch, Clinical Commissioning Groups and Health and Wellbeing boards.